By this point, you should have gotten a head count, ordered your turkey, and planned your menu. You also should have asked your guests to bring something, purchased some non-perishables (or not not-too-perishables) and figured out how you're going to seat everyone at your tiny table. If you've already done all of those things, great! If not, there's still time, you might just need to rush. But first and foremost, order that bird!
So, with the majority of your shopping done and your house filled with mismatched chairs and borrowed stock pots, what is left to do?
1. Practice, practice, practice.
While you certainly don't need to practice roasting a 12-pound turkey (that could get expensive and it would take up too much room in your already packed fridge), if you've never roasted poultry before, it might be worth your while to get a small chicken or turkey from the grocery store and brine it, baste it and taste it. And if you're planning to make some crazy side dish, why not try it out a week ahead of time?
2. Keep shopping.
By now, it's safe to buy almost everything you'll need for your Thanksgiving dinner, including:
- Sweet potatoes
- Garlic (keep it in the fridge)
Oh, and buy more wine. You'll thank us later.
This one might seem like a no-brainer, or might not apply to everyone. But you're going to have a lot of people in your home. -- maybe your parents will be there, or worse, your in-laws. Start cleaning now, so you're not tripping over a mop bucket to get to your Turkey on Thanksgiving morning.
4. Check in with your guests.
Is your mom still bringing pecan pie? Is your sister still making her green bean casserole? OK, just checking.